Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government today condemned communal riots in Mathura earlier this month which left four people dead and promised to punish the guilty after an impartial inquiry.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan, while replying on an adjournment notice in the state Assembly on communal riot in Kosi Kalan area of Mathura said the incident was not an honour for the government and termed it as a challenge for the new government.
Promising an impartial inquiry, he assured the members that the responsibility of safety to every life and property there would be that of the district administration.
Khan, however, rejected the demand for an inquiry by a sitting high court judge into the incident as demanded by the opposition.
Earlier, members belonging to Congress, RLD and BJP alleged laxity on the part of the district administration in handling the situation.
Thakur Tejpal Singh, RLD MLA from Kosi Kalan, also blamed a former BSP minister of instigating people and said a minor issue which could have been solved was ignited in order to gain political mileage in the coming local bodies` elections.
Leader of the Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya said one of those named in the FIR, brother of the former minister, was present in the Vidhan Parishad of which he is a member and apprehended that his name could have been dragged into it as part of a conspiracy.